Mrs. Patricia Adusei Poku, Executive Director of Data Protection Commissions (DPC) has tasked Data controllers to file and register under section 46/3 as the law requires with the Data Protection Commission (DPC) to safeguard users of information for security purposes.
Speaking at the 2023 Data Protection and Privacy Week celebration in Kumasi, she explained that shifting this year’s celebration to the Ashanti region was to announce the setting up of the Commission’s office in Kumasi to enable holders of data in the region to register, instead of travelling to the nation’s capital.
According to her, the celebration is geared towards educating the people in Kumasi and the region as a whole on their rights to understand data protection law and also to empower them to accept themselves under the law as well as to also scrutinize the work of data controllers in the region.
Mrs. Adusei Poku stated that, Data Controllers must implement in-house privacy programmes that require training of staff, creating of awareness, respecting customers of the service users being accountable with documentary evidence as to how they are managing the data that they are holding.
She underscored that the Data Protection Commission is promoting a national governance strategy that would help the whole nation to understand what we hold as a nation in terms of data and how we can manage it.
Dr. Mrs. Rosemary Coffle at the Department of Human Relations (HR) and Senior Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), School of Business, said the celebration of data protection and privacy week is an awareness creation to open the eyes and minds of the public and must be embraced for safety and security purposes.